Ingo Hülsmann was born in Stuttgart and studied acting at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt. He has performed at the Freie Volksbühne Berlin, the Bavarian State Theatre in Munich, Vienna’s Burgtheater and Hamburg’s Schauspielhaus, working under such renowned directors as Hans Neuenfels, Ruth Berghaus and Peter Palitzsch. At the Deutsches Theater - where he's been part of the ensemble since 2001 - Hülsmann has been a regular player in Michael Thalheimer’s stagings. In his Emilia Galotti Hülsmann was the chamberlain Marinelli. Hülsmann also plays the title role in Thalheimer's celebrated production of Goethe's Faust and King Gunther in Friedrich Hebbel’s The Nibelungs. At the DT, the actor has also worked with directors Nicolas Stemann and Stephan Kimmig. In June of 2005 Hülsmann was named Best Actor at the Contact Festival in Torun, Poland for his one-man show Lolita. Ingo Hülsmann made his directorial debut in 2007, staging Mobil (Mobile) by Catalan dramatist Sergi Bebel.